The Jasper Buffer Easement establishes a permanent riparian buffer preserving over a quarter mile of stream. This 3-acre parcel has both grassland and woodland and is located along Deer Creek. Since Chikaming Open Lands is working with a grant that is tied to the Clean Water Act for this conservation easement, the acreage’s close proximity to Deer Creek was an important factor. Protecting the vegetation in this riparian buffer zone helps naturally filter any runoff from the adjacent field.
The Weesaw Forty Conservation Easement is located in Weesaw Township and covers 40 acres of agricultural and forested land, which is an important part of the scenic, rural, and natural character of the area. This property is among the best, most productive agricultural areas in Berrien County. Approximately 33 acres is used for growing row crops. In order to preserve the agricultural values, all agriculture activities are subject to a conservation plan prepared by the USDA which is then provided to COL. The forested areas are comprised of two stands located at opposite ends of the property which include a small upland woods dominated by sugar maple, black cherry, and box elder, and a forested wetland with trees in all diameter classes. Pawpaw and spicebush are plentiful in the understory and the state threatened Prairie Trillium is also found here.